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Budget defence: Buhari’s aide on hot seat, Fashola defends Julius Berger on pace of work

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On Thursday, drama continued at the budget defence sessions by different committees in the House of Representatives.

The National Assembly is working towards ensuring passage of the N13.08trillion 2021 budget before the expiration of the 2020 budget by December 31st, 2020.

Buhari’s Aide and N26.9billion SDG budget:

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals and former deputy governor of Lagos State, Orelope-Adefulire explained to the lawmakers how COVID19 stalled SDG projects during budget defence before the committee on SDGs.

She disclosed that her office only got N3billion out of the N26.9billion budgeted for intervention projects to be executed by SDG office.

He further revealed why Rivers State was excluded from intervention on COVID19. She blamed the state government for not cooperating with her office.

“We provided 100 beds and facemask for every state except Rivers State because it does not cooperate with us. I don’t really know what the problem is, if we take anything to them, they don’t accept. But I’m making out time to meet with the governor,” she stated.

Following series of questions from the lawmakers, she was saved by the Chairman of the Committee, Rotimi Agunsoye, who is from Lagos.

Fashola defends Julius Berger on Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Express:

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola on Thursday revealed why the ongoing Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressway has been going at slow pace.

It would be recalled that many have criticized Julius Berger, the German construction giant handling the project of slow pace. The House in 2019 summoned Julius Berger over the project.

Fashola at the budget defence before the committee explained that the construction company is dealing demolition of houses, right of passage and high rate of vehicular movement on the road.

Committee fumes as Aviation Minister fails to comply with directive:

The defence of the Budget of the Ministry of Aviation was postponed on Thursday after the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Serika failed to comply with the directive of the Committee.

According to the Chairman of the Committee on Avaition, Nnolim Nnaji, the Ministry of Aviation submitted its budget on Thursday against the directive of the Committee which asked all MDAs to submit budget before the day of defence.

“Honourable Minister, l don’t know how you expect us to continue this meeting since we just got your 2021 budget proposal this morning despite giving you over a week notice so that we can read through and digest it before today.

“I am not blaming you for this but l must say that I am disappointed in those who are supposed to have handled this but failed to do their jobs”, he stated.

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Bandits attack police formation, kill 13 officers in Zamfara

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Armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked the Kurar Mota community in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least 13 police officers

We gathered that the incident occured on Sunday when the assailants invaded a police formation and gunned down officers on duty.

A residents who identified himself as Kabir Dansada, told Daily Trust that the armed men had earlier attempted to invade Magami, a community located 50km south of Gusau, the state capital, but were repelled by soldiers.

“They withdrew after they were overpowered by the soldiers there. They then rode to a community along Magami – Dankurmi – Dangulbi road and killed one person and torched four shops.”

“Thereafter, they moved to Kurar Mota community and attacked the police formation near the township clinic. The criminals then dashed into the forest”

“The slain officers and the injured ones were conveyed to Gusau in a convoy of police vehicles this afternoon. I saw several police vehicles move towards the area,” he said.

When contacted by our correspondent, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Muhammad Shehu said he would inquire and revert.

 

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Clean smelly Lagos gutters, stop making noise – Deji Adeyanju rebukes Joe Igbokwe

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Deji Adeyanju, an Abuja-based human rights activist, has berated Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over his recent comments on social media.

Adeyanju said Igbokwe who should be cleaning smelly gutters in Lagos State is making noise on social media.

Igbokwe, who is the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been very outspoken on social media lately.

The APC chieftain celebrated the rearrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

He had explained that Kanu once asked IPOB members to kill him and his family members.

The governor’s aide also rebuked Kanu’s style of agitation, stressing that the IPOB leader never witnessed the Biafra civil.

Igbokwe further stressed that the Nigerian government has enough evidence to convict the embattled IPOB leader.

However, Adeyanju, in a tweet wrote: “Joe Igbokwe who should be busy cleaning smelly gutters in Lagos is still on Facebook making noise.”

Meanwhile, we observed that Lagos State has witnessed serious flooding due to rain fall and bad drainage management.

 

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Cultism: Four arrested during cult supremacy battle in Ogun

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Four persons, who the police said are members of dreaded cult groups, were on Saturday arrested during a supremacy battle in Ogun State.

Police said the supremacy battle led to a gun duel between Aye and Eiye confraternities in the Atan-Ota area of Ogun.

The suspects, according to the Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, were identified as Olusegun Owoola (26), Gbenga Akinkade (34), Jinadu Waliu (30) and Sanni Hammed (27)

Oyeyemi informed us that they were arrested following a distress call received by the DPO of Atan Ota division, CSP Abolade Oladigbolu at about 4am on Saturday.

The two groups were said to have gone on a rampage at the Hotel road area of Atan, shooting sporadically.

The DPO had mobilized his men to the scene “where they met the two groups engaging themselves in a serious gun battle.”

According to Oyeyemi, “the police engaged the hoodlums and subsequently subdued them”, leading to the arrest of four of them.

Items recovered from them are a locally-made pistol, three live cartridges, two knives, an iron rod and assorted criminal charms.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has directed that the case be transferred to the anti-cultism section of the State CIID for investigation.

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